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The Magical Markets of Provence

One of the best delights of a trip through the villages of Luberon is experiencing her magical local markets laden with Provençal products.  Local markets offer a glimpse into the true heart and soul of the countryside offering a wide variety of products such as lavender sachets, handwoven baskets and linens, flowers, wine, produce and other regional specialties that are renown to the region.

During our April road trip through the perched villages of Luberon, I was instantly drawn to the markets as an ideal place to buy the perfect gift for friends and capture the real essence of Provence.

Products of Provence

Beautiful handmade lotions and creams from Provence.

Many of the towns throughout Luberon have their own local markets, however, the best market we found was in the perched village of Gordes. Every Tuesday morning, local vendors set up their colorful stalls around the castle at the center of the village, offering a wide variety of eye-catching delights.  You can stroll through the open-air market and sample french cheeses, local wines and sausages while perusing the gorgeous tables of handmade linens, soaps, baskets and clothing. It is a wonderful place to spend a morning and then grab lunch at one of Gordes many outdoor cafes.

Here are some of the beautiful things we saw at the magical market in Gordes.

French handwoven baskets

A lovely collection of French handwoven baskets caught my eye. Of course I had to bring one home.

Fragrant Provencal handmade soap

There were also rows and rows of beautiful, fragrant Provencal soap.

My favorite find at the Provencal markets were the handwoven table lines and towels. They were brightly colored, in beautiful hues and I couldn’t resist buying some to cheer up my home. If only I had a bigger suitcase!

Handwoven Provencal Table Runners

Handwoven Provencal Table Runners

Handwoven Provencal kitchen towels.

Handwoven Provencal kitchen towels.

Then came the perfect gift. The rows of colorful Lavender sachets. These were inexpensive and a hit with my friends and family back home.

Provencal Lavender Sachets

Provencal Lavender Sachets

Provencal Lavender Sachets

Provencal Lavender Sachets

There were all so pretty that it was hard to choose which ones to buy.

All good markets must have a fresh produce from the countryside.

Fresh French Peas

Fresh French Peas

French Endive

Bitter Endive

Fresh French Onions

Onions

And of course the mouth watering fromage and saucisson.Luckily there were plenty of free samples.

French Sausages

French fromage

French fromage

French fromage

French fromage

I love cheese and went a little bit crazy sampling the different kinds.

Next of course are the amazing colorful spices many which compliment Provençal cuisine. My favorites and must-buys included Herbes de Provence and a special spice to put on top of cheese for making Salade au Chèvre Chaud (a delicious hot goat cheese salad common in Provence).

French Spice Market

Any kind of fresh spice imaginable

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Jellies of Provence

There were too many delicious preserves to choose from. I loved them all but sadly I didn’t have room in my suitcase.

Beautiful hanging flowers in Provence

Lovely hanging flowers that decorated the town.

If you go

Check out The Luberon.com for details on the Gordes market.

Also make sure you bring a big suitcase as you are bound to buy a lot!

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44 comments

    • Thanks Jo! Too busy quite frankly but life will calm down by the fall. I still have pictures and stories left to share from that April trip!

  1. The European markets are inspirational. While I attend a Farmer’s Market every week, it doesn’t come anywhere close to the haven of goods and products served in places such as you depict. Well done.

    • Thanks so much! I love markets in other countries. We have farmers markets here too but no where near the stuff I’ve seen around the world. Especially the spices!

    • Thanks so much! I went in April with my mom and sister (it was great as I lived in France 20 years ago so great to be back again). We had a wonderful time. Now I’m still going through the photos months later and trying to finish my posting! 🙂

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  3. What a gorgeous post, Nicole, bursting with colour and deliciousness. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your Provence experience. 🙂 Ailsa

  4. Nicole, I only just saw this post! I think I’ve missed a few of yours. It’s funny but my last post was about a Thai market so it’s really interesting to compare the different kinds of produce. Your French market is another world from my Thai one. I love your photos here but especially of all the herbs and spices!

  5. I LOVE this, it’s so absolutely beautifully presented, so inviting and inspiring. I had forgot about Sachets, I haven’t seen them in so many years and yet they are so easy to make and functional. 🙂

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